genus consists of about 105 species and thousands
of hybrid cultivars. Most of them are
of subtropical in origin
coming primarily from
South America and
The vast majority of them are not hardy in
most temperate zones. Therefore, they are used
as either houseplants or annuals outdoors.
Fuchsias are distinguished from other members of
the Onagraceae Family by their colorful
hypanthium (calyx tube) and the fruit which is a
berry rather than a capsule as in
Oenothera or a nut as in
for a German physician,
Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566).